A Politico reporter suggested he will get into hot water with liberal media colleagues and viewers after he offered a tempered view of Florida’s new voter integrity law, saying it’s “not as bad” as leftist critics are suggesting.
In an interview with MSNBC correspondent Willie Geist during a segment of “Morning Joe” on Friday, Marc Caputo was asked to provide details about the law which GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis signed live during “Fox & Friends” on Thursday.
“DeSantis, increasingly amid the pandemic reverted back to being much more of a reactionary, right-wing, conservative politician,” Caputo began. “One of the animating principles in the Republican party right now is the hatred of the mainstream news media, so the more criticism Ron DeSantis can get for things like signing an elections restrictions bill, the better it is for him as he eyes both his re-election in 2022 and a possible bid for president in 2024.”
After allowing Caputo to take his shots at DeSantis and the GOP in general, Geist then pressed Caputo to talk about the actual law that the popular Sunshine State governor signed.
“The law actually—I, I guess I’m going to say something that, that, that’s going to get me in trouble, in that it’s not as bad as the critics say it is,” Caputo began, without further explanation. “Yet, it was premised on a lie. That is, there was not widespread, systemic voter fraud. Either in Florida or nationwide, or in swing states, that cost Donald Trump the election.”
“So they made some changes around the edges,” Caputo continued, adding that the law tightened rules for obtaining absentee ballots.
“They made…the request for absentee ballots, it used to be on a standing list, you could get them for two general elections in a row, now you can just get them for one general election and the midterm,” he explained.
“There are more restrictions on what some people call ballot harvesting, which is when other people can drop off your ballot,” the Politico correspondent continued. “Now I’m in Miami-Dade county. Incidentally, we’re the biggest county in the state. We already have some of those restrictions in place anyway.
“And in the end, what you have here was a solution in search of a problem,” Caputo claimed before going on to praise voting in Florida in general.
“And, you know, I can say that I’m glad I do live in Florida as far as voting, because we have 30 days of voting by mail still. Most states don’t have that,” he said.
“We have eight days of in-person early voting before Election Day, as a minimum. Here in Miami-Dade county, we’ve got 14 days of that. And then you’ve got Election Day voting,” he added.
“So those abilities to cast ballots were not restricted. But these kind of smaller, minor changes that were made, things that do make it a little tougher for some folks to register to vote or some folks to cast their absentee ballots were made,” Caputo speculated. “There were also changes made in drop boxes, as well. Those were done largely to kind of placate the base, to say, you wanted us to do something, now we’ve done something.”
In a statement posted to his new communications platform on Friday, former President Donald Trump questioned early-morning ballot ‘dumps’ in Wisconsin and Michigan Nov. 4 that largely went to President Joe Biden, costing him the state.
“Where did these ‘votes’ come from? Both were State Election changing events, and that is on top of the other corruption without even including the fact that neither state got Legislative approval, which is required under the United States Constitution,” he wrote.
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